Public Policy and Leadership Across Sectors, Minor

Program Code: PBPLD_UMNR

Program Description

The Public Policy and Leadership Across Sectors (PPLAS) minor is appropriate for anyone interested in contemporary public policy, but it has been designed with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and business majors in mind. The minor introduces you to the practice of policy analysis, the process of policymaking and the values of public service. You will develop skills for effective cross-sectoral collaboration in the making and implementation of public policies.

Recognizing the multi-sector future of public policy is what drives the PPLAS curriculum. Popular courses in STEM and business fields provide pathways into the minor. Two required courses on policy analysis and leadership provide core skills for understanding and shaping public policies. Additional courses challenge you to apply those core skills to a variety of vexing policy problems and round out your preparation for inter-sectoral work. Whether you enter public service at the start, middle, or end of your career, the PPLAS minor provides you with an understanding of why that service is important to our society and how to approach it.

The program is a part of the Next Generation Service Corps (NextGen) initiative supported by the Volcker Alliance. Enrolling in the minor gives you the opportunity to participate in NextGen program activities ranging from lectures by policy leaders to service-learning activities. You will also be able to participate in the activities of any NextGen partner institution. These activities are not strictly required, giving you maximum flexibility to use the NextGen program to fulfill your interests.

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 18

Requirements for the Minor

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10. In addition, at least six credits of the minor must be unique from the prescribed courses required by a student's major(s).

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
PUBPL 304WPublic Policy Analysis3
PUBPL 305Leadership Studies3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Racial and Ethnic Inequality in America
Race and Public Policy
Economic Inequality and Public Policy
Seminar in Environmental Policy
Seminar in Health Policy
Seminar in Public Policy
Homelessness in America
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Science, Ethics, Policy, and Law Keystone/General Education Course
Business Law I: Introduction to Contracts, Liability Issues, and Intellectual Property
Science, Technology and Public Policy Keystone/General Education Course
Foundations: Civic and Community Engagement Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Educational Leadership
Cornerstone Engineering Design
Policy and Administration
Information, People and Technology Keystone/General Education Course
Legal and Regulatory Environment of Information Science and Technology
Employment Relationship: Law and Policy Keystone/General Education Course
Ethics of Climate Change Keystone/General Education Course
Science and policy of global greenhouse gas emissions and management Keystone/General Education Course
Establishing Workforce Diversity and Inclusion
Social Entrepreneurship
Sustainable Behavior of Consumers, Firms, and Societies
Organizational Theory and Functions for Leaders Keystone/General Education Course
Evidence-Based Leadership Keystone/General Education Course
Leadership Development: A Life-Long Learning Perspective
Communication Skills for Leaders in Groups and Organizations
Collective Decision Making
American Public Policy Keystone/General Education Course
Analyzing Public Policy in the American States
National Security Policies
Policy Making and Evaluation
State, Society, and Public Policy Keystone/General Education Course
Seminar in National Security Policy

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university's academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.


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